Dershwitz aided Team USA in second-place mark (Gergely Besenyei).
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Eli Dershwitz of the Harvard men's fencing team competed in the Budapest World Cup on Sunday, Nov. 1 and helped the U.S. Men's Saber team to a silver medal finish. This is the team's second medal in less than a month, driving the crew to a No. 4 World Ranking.
Dershwitz has been training to earn his spot on the 2016 U.S. Men's Saber team which will compete in the Winter Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The squad included 2015 Senior World silver medalist Daryl Homer, Dershwitz, Jeff Spear and Peter Souders who were seeded fifth in the tournament. The second-place team was seeded fifth and earned a bye into the bracket of 16 where it would first beat Ukraine, 45-44.
Its next match-up would be against Poland where Dershwitz won the eighth bout, 5-3, and give the Americans a 45-37 victory. In semifinals, U.S. fenced Hungary dominating the first four bouts taking a 20-5 lead as Dershwitz posted a key 5-1 triumph, aiding it to a tight, 45-43, win.
Team USA competed against Russia in the finals and had the Sherborn, Mass. native lead the team by shutting out the 2014 Senior World Champion Nikolay Kovalev, 5-0. He later split his bout against 2013 Junior World Champion Kamil Ibragimov, 5-5, and the U.S. would take a 20-13 lead. Russia's took over the lead in the fifth bout, but Dershwitz would close the gap to 4, 35-31, with a 7-5 win over reigning Senior World Champion Alexey Yakimenko. Homer scored five straight touches putting Team USA up, 44-43, but Russia would take the last two touches to finish the bout, 45-44.